Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2020; 24 (14): 7801-7803

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202007_22284

Short report – Usefulness of point-of-care ultrasound in pediatric SARS-CoV-2 infection

J.L. Vazquez Martínez, C. Pérez-Caballero Macarrón, A. Coca Pérez, R. Tapia Moreno, E. Otheo de Tejada

PICU, Ramón y Cajal Universitary Hospital, Madrid, Spain. jvazquez.hrc@salud.madrid.org


SARS-CoV-2 infection in children is uncommon compared to adult population. However, some children required hospital and/or PICU admission. The aim of this short communication is to share our experience with Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) when managing these patients. Remarkably, all cases presented pleural and pericardial effusions, detected by POCUS, despite showing an adequate urinary output and prior to receiving any kind of fluid resuscitation. Effusions have been described as rare among SARS-CoV-2 infection in adult population. By performing portable chest X-Ray they would have gone unnoticed in our patients. Other POCUS findings consisted of all types of consolidations and coalescent B-line patterns. POCUS was also performed in order to optimize PEEP, checking adequate endotracheal intubation positioning (avoiding the risk of contagiousness related to auscultation in this framework), and to assess volemia status, cardiac performance, and brain neuro-monitoring. There was not cross-infection. In pediatric SARS-CoV-19 effusions are frequent but easily unnoticed unless lung and echo POCUS are performed.

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J.L. Vazquez Martínez, C. Pérez-Caballero Macarrón, A. Coca Pérez, R. Tapia Moreno, E. Otheo de Tejada
Short report – Usefulness of point-of-care ultrasound in pediatric SARS-CoV-2 infection

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2020
Vol. 24 - N. 14
Pages: 7801-7803
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202007_22284